I’m Saving Babies Lives And So Can You

One of the things I have to write about the Pampers Mommy Blogger Event was meeting the CEO of Unicef Caryl Stern.  Pampers and Unicef have teamed together to rid the world of tetanus. When we got to talk with her, there was not a dry eye in the room.  Let me show you why:

First, to get a better understanding, you need to watch this video.  I need to warn you though, it will break your heart.  I watched it again today, and it still brings tears to my eyes:

This is not some marketing piece that Pampers did. This is an inhouse video that we begged them to let us show the world. I’ll admit, before this, I didn’t see the big deal. We all get vaccinated, so you don’t even think about tetanus. However, after watching these poor babies, how can your heart not go out to them? Let me give you some basic facts and statistics:

*Tetanus spores are found in soil, animal excretion, and can be airborne
*It acts through a production of a a toxin that effects your nervous system
*This disease rages through newborns within days of their exposure to the bacteria
*140,000 newborns and 30,000 moms die from this
*The fatality rate is 70%-100%
*Symptoms include muscle rigidity, painful muscle spasms, inability to eat, and seizures triggered by light or touch

If you didn’t watch the video, let me explain how these babies and moms are getting this. In Africa, there is no way to sanitize your hands before you deliver a baby. They use sharpened sugar cane to cut the umbilical cord, and they pack your wounds with dirt. Do you see a problem here since tetanus lives in the very dirt that they are using to stop bleeding?

Here is the crazy part of all of this; it costs 5 cents per vaccine. Yes, I repeat 5 cents.

I know my next question was “What can we do about this?”  There are so many things you can do to help get rid of this terrible disease.

1.  Buy specially marked Pampers with the sticker up above.  You are buying diapers anyway, now you are helping a child. By the end of the year, they will have more Pampers products with the sticker.  Make sure you watch for that.

2.  Clean out your change.  If you can get one vaccine for a nickel, can you imagine how many vaccines you could provide with the change in your house.

3.  Donate.  You will notice in my sidebar that I have this widget:




If you donate, make sure you use this. Then your donation will be earmarked for this vaccination program.
4. Blog about this. If you want to include this widget on your blog, let me know in a comment or by email. I will send you the code. We seriously need to raise awareness on this. The more of us who carry this on our blogs, the more people who know, the more people who donate, and the more children who are saved.
5. Talk to people you know about it. Again, get the word out. I have told everyone I know about this since I have gotten home.
6. Give with your kids. In my house, we are going to take the loose change we have and make a donation in my kids names. They are never too young to teach them about charity, and what better of a cause than one that helps children.

Pampers has sponsored 45 million vaccines already since they started this campaign. They also gave 1,000 vaccinations in my name, and gave 1,000 vaccinations for each blogger that was there (there was 15 in total).  In a rough economy, I know it is hard to give, but truly, a little can go a long way.

Comments

  1. Let´s help the Unicef to do this important mission.

    Edvanderson (Brasil)

  2. I love the idea of buying Pampers and this money goes to the charity, it is a simular concept to the company that sells water and if you buy 1 litre of water, they donate 10 litres to a country that needs it. I will definitely tell the people, who buy nappies about this, as personally I do not have children.

  3. Great post and work. Children are our future and we need guarantee them one – action is the best strategy, thanks again.

  4. Oh my gosh, this is terrible. This breaks my heart. Those poor babies. I had no idea this is the procedure when you have a baby in Africa. I'm shocked. I buy pampers products and I will continue to do so.

  5. OMG! Okay I did NOT have the nerve to watch the video, I just couldn't… chicken yes, but after reading your words that was enough. OMG again.

    I'm clicking your donate button next.

  6. Hi Lisa! Yeah, the Donate button did load just fine on my latest visit. While I could not donate the minimum amount (which isn't really minimum I understand that), I did elect to give what I can at the moment. My amount is based on the fact that two Friday's ago my husband was laid off. But this is important and… you can't take it with you!

  7. How sad this is. Very nice post to get the word out there and let people see just whats going on.

  8. Africa is one of those countries that's wonderfully blessed and horribly cursed. Blessed because of the incredible quantity of resources and natural wonders, cursed from all the interesting diseases and bloodthirsty rulers.

    They certainly need the Tetanus vaccines, and others, and so many other things. Then there's the need to get this aid past the government entities and get it to the people. It's really an agonizing situation.

    Getting the word out is a good first step.

  9. OH, I didn't know…. How sad :(

    In response to your comment:

    I will try to take some pictures!

  10. Mahalo for posting this and getting the message out, Lisa. Babies should not be suffering from preventable diseases!

  11. This is a terrible these people need to be educated about germs and virus in dirt. I can't believe that they pack open wounds with dirt. They must be made aware

  12. Hello there! I found this post highly interesting. Anyways, I would like for you to send me that html code so that I may place it onto my website. My blog contains a free novel that I wrote in order to promote my mission of saving Uganda, Africa. http://fateiscallingyou.blogspot.com is the website and I hope to hear from you soon.

  13. bebek malzemeleri :

    Great post and work. Children are our future and we need guarantee them one – action is the best strategy, thanks again.

    Certainly ;) Thanks Lisa.

  14. You are almost left wondering – how can this possibly be happening in the world we live in?! Then you begin to understand why it's called the Third World. :sad:

    I can't see your widget for some reason, as I am feeling rather inclined to donate. :???:

    Packing open wounds with dirt… shocking, just shocking. But then what else can they do?

  15. It is a tad slow loading, but it is there. It is such a great cause. It just amazes me that for so little, many lives can be saved.

  16. I never knew about tetanus and will probably do more research on it after this blog just to understand it, I'm curious like that, but it's horrible to read about this. I can't watch the video at my current location but my aunt already buys pampers and to help I'll make sure she gets the specially marked labels. && we have a whole carton of change so I'll get my family into donating that.

  17. I'll readily admit I'm voluntarily not watching the video… because I *know* it will make me cry, simply from what you've described. Anything with babies/children or animals being harmed in anyway does that to me without fail. :(

    As I don't have children of my own, buying diapers to help this cause won't happen – so I will definitely look into donating. At five cents per vaccination, every dollar helps!

  18. All credit to you for posting about such a worthy cause and I hope that it is a successful campaign.

  19. Hi Lisa,

    This is one more thing that so many people around the world just are not aware of. In third world countries, so many things that we tend to take for granted are out of reach for most of the population.

    Donations are on the way.

  20. That's a terrible situation, thanks for posting. I don't have kids but will look into donating.

  21. It is amazing how much such a small amount of money can do.

  22. I wish I could help everyone out, but there are some things in the US that I would like to see happen first, before I donate money to other countries.

  23. Thanks for this spotlight on the situation in Africa. Never mind the propaganda by the greedy leaders. They only show their cosy GOVERNMENT RESERVE AREA. This is what many Africans face on day to day basis. Thanks.

  24. Great cause. Not many people would know about this

  25. I know I didn't until I went to the Pampers get together.

  26. Wow, very informative. Good luck with the campaign.

    Sarah

  27. Wow, its amazing how blessed we in America are compared to so many. Great sight, good luck.

    Sarah

  28. Being in the field of professional holistic medicine, you can understand why many vaccinations give me pause before I allow them for my children. Tetanus is NOT one of them. I have made damn sure that all 4 of my kids, my husband, and myself are fully up-to-date at all times. This is a horrible disease and we, in fact, live in a rural area. Rural meaning lots of wire fences and plenty of horses (who are a vector). It is critical that all children born on this planet have access to these life-saving vaccines and I applaud your efforts to spread the word.

  29. Useful information and yes, it is indeed a horrible disease. It's sad that we aren't really aware of this at all because most of us have been vaccinated..Good read.

  30. :razz: I buy Pampers for my daughter. I support UNICEF!

  31. Thanks for the great information and the passion you exude for the cause. Please send me the code for the widget.

  32. A truly noble cause! And an excellent post bringing this horrible situation to light!

  33. Thank you for the well presented information. I did not realize how serious tetanus was and to find out how far a minimal donation will go in the support of this cause. I will be heading to the donate button now.

  34. Back again to check on your progress, hope you're raising not only tons of awareness but also tons of money. Even tiny amounts mean lots of vaccine! I'm really glad I donated :)

  35. It is amazing how much such a small amount of money can do. It s great idea.

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